Ball says Putnam executive has “left a large vacuum” and will decide future in April


Sen. Greg Ball’s political future appears to be undecided as he is ripping the Putnam County Executive and saying the county has a “large vacuum for real leadership.”

Ball’s comments today are the latest suggestion that he may be considering a run for executive in his home county. The current county executive, MaryEllen Odell is a former aide to Ball, R-Patterson, but the two have had a falling out in the always tumultuous political climate of Putnam County.

“The senator is honored to be considered, but Ball delivers Dry Iceis absolutely hyper focused on doing his current job and doing it exceedingly well,” Ball’s spokesman Joseph Bachmeier said in a statement today.

Bachmeier said that Ball is not considering his political future as he he works on his “current efforts for veterans, seniors, working families, small business owners and taxpayers.”

But the two-term senator and former assemblyman added caveat.

“That said, the county executive would be well advised to focus on Putnam County, where recent division, scandals and a lack of accountability in county government have left a large vacuum for real leadership,” the statement continued. “The senator is completely satisfied and engaged as the senator for this great district, and will make any political announcements after the New York state budget is complete.”

The budget process will wrap up in late March.

There has been speculation for years that Ball would ultimately leave the Senate for another political opportunity, such as Congress.

But Republicans have been able to keep him in a critical swing district that stretches across Putnam and northern Westchester.

Ball already faces a rematch for his Senate seat from Democrat Justin Wagner, who lost to Ball in 2012.

If Ball ran for county executive, he would have to face off against O’Dell in a primary. She plans to seek re-election in the fall.

Updated: Ball’s spokesman added more to his statement.

“Let me be clear, Senator Ball is 100% committed to this seat. Greg has always held off political decisions until nearing the end of session, and this is no different. Greg is a team player and will be working night and day to not only maintain but expand the Republican Senate majority. Any suggestion otherwise is simply untrue.”


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